Mercedes-Benz executives are considers a 4-cylinder C-Class for the U.S. market to battle further pressure for less fuel-consumption and lower emissions. The German automaker already sells 4-cylinder versions of the C-Class in Europe. The entry-level model there, C180 Kompressor, is powered by a supercharged 1.8 liter 4-clyinder engine that produces 154-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.
For the U.S., Mercedes is already testing a supercharged 1.4 liter test mule. Engineers are fitting the car with a higher level of ‘perceived performance, to make the car acceptable to Mercedes buyers. The car will have a louder exhaust and ultra-quick throttle response.
Prices are expected to be well under the V6 automatic C300 that is currently sold in the U.S. for $33,000. Both models will share the 7-speed automatic transmission. No word of the CLC will also get the 4-cylinder treatment.